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A British court has mandated that a mentally disabled London woman must terminate her pregnancy. The decision came late last week as the woman entered her 22nd week of pregnancy, as first reported by the Catholic News Agency. Justice Nathalie Lieven of the U.K. Court of Protection authorized doctors to perform an abortion on the woman despite her own objections and the objections of her mother. The woman’s mother, a former midwife who is originally from Nigeria, insisted that she was able to care for the baby herself, in light of her daughter’s mental disability.
Lieven said of her ruling, “I am acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion … I have to operate in [her] best interests, not on society’s views of termination.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The U.K. Court of Protection was created as part of the Mental Capacity Act of 2005 and is meant to make decisions on personal affairs of people considered by the court to be unable to do so themselves. Although the woman has not been identified, a representative for the court confirmed that she was in her twenties and is currently under the National Health Service’s trust. The National Health Service requested the court intervene to give them permission to perform the abortion. A council-appointed social worker also sought the court’s decision to force the woman to have an abortion.
Commenting on the diminished mental capacity of the woman in question, Lieven explained that although the woman did not want to end her pregnancy, she didn’t feel that the woman would understand what it truly meant to have a baby, saying, “I think she would like to have a baby in the same way she would like to have a nice doll.” The justice then suggested that the trauma of giving birth to the child and then having it removed to foster care would cause greater psychological damage than the forced abortion because, as she stated, “It would at that stage be a real baby.” The court representative confirmed details of the case and Lieven’s quotes to the New York Times.
Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted outrage, “If story accurate 22 week pregnant disabled woman is being required to undergo a forced abortion by UK court. The U.S. should offer her & her mother a visa. And why are the voices who always talk about a woman’s right to choose so quiet on this?”
If story accurate 22 week pregnant disabled woman is being required to undergo a forced abortion by UK court.
The U.S. should offer her & her mother a visa.
And why are the voices who always talk about a woman’s right to choose so quiet on this?
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 22, 2019
BREAKING: A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a mood disorder, despite the objections of the woman’s mother and the woman herself.
The woman is 22 weeks pregnant.https://t.co/kW7EmNsB9E
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 21, 2019
“I am acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion.”https://t.co/ynTdo1lk8j
— Catholic News Agency (@cnalive) June 24, 2019
British judge ordering a forced abortion of a baby at 22 weeks says the baby is not a “real baby”: https://t.co/FdifRNpoPZ
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) June 21, 2019
The Justice suggested the trauma of giving birth and then having it removed to foster care would cause greater psychological damage than the forced abortion.https://t.co/veIw7Lvf67
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 24, 2019
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